Cologne are looking to get back to winning ways after back-to-back defeats, but it will be anything but straightforward as Champions League-chasing Hoffenheim come to town on Friday night (kick-off 20:30CEST/18:30GMT).
Cologne: Horn – Klünter, Sörensen, Heintz, Hector – Bittencourt, Jojic, Lehmann (c), Rausch – Osako, Modeste
Coach: Peter Stöger
Absentees: Risse (rehab after cruciate ligament tear), Guirassy (muscle), Zoller (muscle)
Hoffenheim: Baumann – Bicakcic, Vogt, Süle – Toljan, Rudy (c), Zuber – Demirbay, Kramaric – Szalai, Wagner
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
Absentees: Hübner (suspended)
- Cologne have already lost twice as many games in the Rückrunde (6) as in the whole of the Hinrunde (3).Cologne have lost just one of their last ten Bundesliga matches against TSG – 4-0 earlier this season.Anthony Modeste joined Cologne from Hoffenheim in 2015. He had 19 goals in 55 Bundesliga appearances for TSG.Hoffenheim are on the verge of a club-record 55 points. They can also match their previous best of 15 wins in a season with victory in Cologne, as well as ensuring European qualification.Hoffenheim did not lose once on the road in the Hinrunde, but have already lost three of their six away from home since Christmas.Adam Szalai has needed just 13 shots for his seven goals this season, which is the most efficient ratio in the Bundesliga.